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    The HR Blog Exchange


    Many bloggers from time to time find themselves 'stuck', or lacking a source of inspiration for their blog, and get into a bit of a slump creating new content.

    It happens to me quite often.

    Most blogs have a particular angle, or Point of View, and sometimes after dozens or even hundreds of posts on your topic of choice you can easily find yourself at a loss for what to write next.  Hasn't it already been written, maybe even by you already?

    Sometimes taking a fresh approach, examining a new subject, or mixing up your writing style a bit can help give you a shot of creativity and inspiration.

    So in this spirit a few fellow HR Bloggers have decided to participate in a little 'blog exchange', a simple idea where two bloggers are paired up with each other, and each submits a 'guest post' to their Flickr - JasonDGreatpartner's blog, hopefully done in more of less the style and using the 'normal' subject matter of the host blog.

    So each blogger gets a chance to stretch a bit, potentially writing about something new, and perhaps altering their style a bit, and hopefully most of all having some fun.

    Getting to the point then, here are the bloggers that have agreed to participate in the blog exchange:

    The Participants

    Steve Boese - Steve Boese's HR Technology Blog - Twitter user name - sbjet

    Lisa Rosendahl - HR Thoughts - Twitter user name - lisarosendahl

    The HR Maven - HR Maven - Twitter user name - thehrmaven (The Maven really knows how to brand)

    Trish McFarlane - hr ringleader's blog - Twitter user name - Trish_HR

    designtwit -Fusion Frames- Twitter user name designtwit

    Steve Urquhart  - Talent for the 21st Century - Twitter user name workforce101 and Talent421

    Beth Carvin - Nobscot's Weblog - Twitter user name bncarvin

    ImJustAGoyle - ImJustAGoyle - Twitter user name imjustagoyle

    Margaret Murphy - MYFUTURE MYSELF - Twitter user name murphymargaret

    Lois Melbourne - Aquire Blog - Twitter user name loismelbourne

    The Pairings

    Since the original thought was from one of my Tweets (lucky me), I was nominated to choose the pairings, so here goes:

    HR Thoughts - Talent for the 21st Century

    HR Maven - Nobscot's Weblog

    Steve's Tech Blog - Fusion Frames

    imjustagoyle- MYFUTURE MYSELF

    Aquire Blog- the hr ringleader's blog

    There were also a couple of folks who expressed interest in 'playing' but are not currently blogging, but would be interested in guest posting.

    Ben Eubanks - Twitter user name beneubanks

    I have a standing offer open to Ben to guest post on my blog, and I encourage other bloggers to consider opening up some 'guest' slots for new HR professionals and students.

    For the actual writing and publishing of the posts, here are a few steps that I think make sense, feel free to ignore these completely if you disagree:

    1. The 'pair' should contact each other via e-mail or Twitter DM to go over how they want the process to go and review any specific details that they care to discuss (length of post, timing, etc.)

    2. Each blogger should spend some time reading their 'hosts' blog, looking at the content and style etc.

    3. An agreement should be made for a target date to publish the guest posts

    4. I think the 'pair' should try to publish on the same day, I think for the best impact and exposure that makes sense.

    5. Once the posts are published, make sure to announce them on Twitter and use the hashtag #blogexchange in the Tweets, and the other participants in the #blogexchange should RT for further exposure.

    I think that is it.  I am not 'in-charge' of this little project, I just agreed to help organize.  I don't plan on badgering anyone if the guest posts don't get done quickly. It is up to each blogger to make sure that the guest posts get written and published in a timely fashion.

    Thanks everyone who agreed to participate, and let's have some fun!


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    Reader Comments (10)

    Great job Steve. I'll be in touch!

    April 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesigntwit

    Thanks Lyn, and I expect our 'exchange' is going to be great!

    April 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    What an awesome idea! I've seen this done before but never as organized as this. Good luck with this project!

    Dear Steve,

    Is this program still open to participants by any chance? :)

    July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVishveshwar Jatain

    Hi Vishveshwar - sure, this was really an informal project that I helped to organize. I think it would be fairly easy to find an exchange partner for you. Can you send me the link to your blog?

    July 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    Hi Steve - The URL is http://blog.benifys.com, and the twitter ID is Benifys
    I'm fairly irregular with the posts though, guess I'll just have to pull up my socks :)

    July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVishveshwar Jatain

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